MLB Fantasy Wake Up Call - April 17

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Player of the Night

Cody Ross, Florida Marlins
vs. Atlanta Braves
3-3, HR, 4 RBI, R

With last night's performance, Cody Ross saw his average jump from an abysmal .115 to .207. You got to love baseball in its infant stages of play.

Up until this point Ross hadn't done much of anything to contribute towards the Marlins' impressive 8-1 start of the season. And even worse, the 5.1% of you who actually own the journeyman center fielder were getting ready to pull your hair out.

There's not much to talk about when Ross' name gets brought up in the fantasy world. He's coming off a career year that could be considered average at best by most fantasy baseball standards.

But if you're a man down in the outfield and the pickings are slim, Ross could net you somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 HR, 60 RBI by season's end.

Is that something you might be interested in?

More to come after the jump...

Top Performers

John Danks, Chicago White Sox
vs. Tampa Bay Rays
6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 8 K, 4 BB

Chris Duncan, St. Louis Cardinals
vs. Chicago Cubs
3-4, HR, 3 RBI, R

Roy Halladay, Toronto Blue Jays
vs. Minnesota Twins
7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 8 K, 0 BB

Bust of the Night

Geovany Soto, Chicago Cubs
vs. St. Louis Cardinals
0-4, 2 K

It may be a tad unfair to hand this award to Soto considering he's just returned from a shoulder injury. But as one of the first couple catchers taken in drafts nationwide, we were expecting a return on our investment sooner rather than later.

Catcher may very well be both the most underrated and overrated position in fantasy at the same time. The best comparison I can make is that the catcher in fantasy baseball is what the tight end is to fantasy football.

In both scenarios, there is a small group of elite talent available and everything underneath is cloaked in mediocrity. Soto is among the elite group of catchers and needs to start producing like one before it's too late.

Daily Leaders


4 - Ross, Marlins
4 - Grady Sizemore, Indians
4 - Kevin Millar, Toronto Blue Jays
4 - Adam Dunn, Nationals
3 - Duncan, Cardinals
3 - Chase Headley, Padres
3 - Kosuke Fukudome, Cubs
3 - Lance Berkman, Astros
3 - Adam Dunn, Nationals
3 - Carlos Delgado, Mets

Stolen Bases

2 - Matt Kemp, Dodgers
2 - Jason Bartlett, Rays

Pitching - K's

8 - Danks, White Sox
8 - Halladay, Blue Jays
7 - Kenshin Kawakami, Braves
6 - Adam Wainwright
5 - Francisco Liriano, Twins
5 - Joe Blanton, Phillies
5 - Jake Peavy, Padres

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